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When you think of your child’s room you instantly think of comfort and safety but what about education? Education is so important and plays an essential role in a child’s life at every moment of every day. According to Jiddu Krishnamurti, one of the greatest thinkers and religious teachers, ‘there is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning’. Therefore, the objective of any room should be to stimulate and encourage creativity. Sometimes we can stifle a child’s imagination by not exposing them to creative avenues. Therefore, the first place to start is to ask yourself how do you learn? How does your child/children learn?creative-children-room-ideas-15-2

When I think of the above question, my mind immediately jumps to Howard Gardner an American developmental psychologist who is most known for his theory of Multiple Intelligences that has made an impact on the way teachers teach, the way they test and the tools they use within the classroom. Below is a quick reference guide to Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences.

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‘Anything that is worth teaching can be presented in many different ways. These multiple ways can make use of our multiple intelligences’. Howard Gardner

It is important to first know how children learn this will make the design beneficial, accurate and purposeful. Your next step should be to incorporate elements of several or each ‘intelligence’ in the room. So looking at the chart above we have created a children room must have list. This is a basic list and should be adapted to suit the child’s age. Remember, the key points, safety, age appropriateness of each item and educational purposes.IMG_4964

Children room essentials:

  1. Desks are a must for any work space, so let us start there.  Living in a technological world children are introduced to computers at an earlier age. So your table should be large enough for a computer, books and other resources.
  2. Pair this table with a comfortable chair to get your child accustomed to sitting and doing homework. This will prepare the child for the world of school, the structured environment, setting and the requirements.
  3. Being Organized starts from young.  Built in cabinets and shelves are a great way to teach children to be neat and organized. Use baskets for smaller objects and bins for rubbish. Praise the child for maintaining a well kept room this will give them a sense of pride, accomplishment and keep them motivated.

4. Soft flooring for play. Play is an important element in providing children with opportunities for learning. In short, children learn about themselves, interact with others, to solve problems and learn about the environment. Play increases a child’s creativity and physical skills.

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Using the Chart Above.

5. Logical -Mathematical (Children learn to reason)

Object such as puzzles, computer puzzle, mystery and solving games.

 

6. Musical (Learn through music)

Objects: Songs, rhythms, radio, stereo, multimedia and instruments.

 

7. Visual/Spatial (Learning through visuals and organizing things spatially)

Objects:  Graphs, charts, illustrations, art, puzzles.

 

8. Bodily/Kinesthetic – (Learning best through activity/play)

Objects: Games, hands-on tasks, role playing, interacting with the environment and equipment.childrens-tree-house-playroom-with-swing-on-pastel-blue-background

 

9. Intrapersonal- (Learning through feelings, values and attitudes) 

Objects: books, creative materials, diaries and privacy.

 

10.  Interpersonal – (Learning through interaction/socializing)

Objects: Space for the children to interact, telephone, audio conferencing, video conferencing and paper.castle-playset-by-rhapsody

 

11. Naturalist – (Learning through nature)

Objects: Large windows to allow in outside in.
12. VERBAL/LINGUISTIC – (Learning through words)

Objects: Computers, books…

 

References

Clarke, S. (n.d.). How children learn | LearnEnglish Kids | British Council. Retrieved from http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/parents/articles/how-children-learn

Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.uncg.edu/aps/multipleintelligences.pdf

Learning through play | Support & advice | Pre‐school Learning Alliance. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.pre-school.org.uk/parents/support-advice/420/learning-through-play

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